Our family of six (2 adults, two young adults and two teenagers) made an overnight trip to Hilo (staying in Kailua for 3 weeks)....we checked online for accomm. and came across the Hilo Bay Hostel. There was one room left, big enough for all of us. When we arrived in Hilo, after a beautiful drive through the north (to Hawi, down Highway 250, which was amazing - through Waimea and onto Hilo), Terry, the manager greeted us and had our room waiting. He also put a small refrigerator in our room, with the added treat of some Corono Beer. He was incredibly hospitable. The hostel was amazing...in a former hotel - original hardwood staircase - free WIFI - pay a minimal charge for internet use...great kitchen where we cooked a breakfast on Saturday morning with fresh ingredients from the Hilo Farmers' Market (excellent!)....our kids played chess with some of the other guests and had a gret time. When we come back to this island, we will definitely stay at the hostel for a longer period of time and see all the sights on the east side. Wonderful accommodation, great location, hospitable service. Oh, and there is a great dance studio right across the street - our daughter, who is a dancer, went to a Saturday morning drop-in Intermediate Ballet class for a one and a half hour class, which was excellent. What a fun time this was in Hilo....oh and if interested in the Observatory, make sure you book a trip there with a tour company (7 1/2 hrs)....up to Mauna Kea Observatory - we didn't have time for this, but next time (we didn't even know about the Observatory until we were researching Hilo when we got there).
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